Simple fixes for a candle not performing well

Is your candle smoking? or has tunnelling started appearing? There are simple fixes to get the candle burning properly.


Have you placed your candle in a draft? Assuming your wick is trimmed to the proper height, a draft can cause your candle to create smoke while it burns due to fluctuating air currents. A simple fix is to move your candle away from any fans, open windows, or air conditioners. This will ensure a smooth burn and limit smoking.


A common problem is “tunnelling,” a term for when a candle only burns down its centre, leaving waxy residue on the edges. After a while, this makes the candle nearly impossible to burn, as the wick can’t receive enough air. This can be easily avoided by staying away from short burn times. Burning a candle until the wax melts to its edges helps keep a consistent burn throughout the life of the candle. If tunnelling has already begun, you can remove some of the extra wax to give the wick a better chance to melt the candle fully to its edges. Then, let it burn for 2-4 hours to recorrect.


Natural waxes, such as soy or oil blended candles, have a natural oil content that will occasionally sweat. This is caused by temperature fluctuations and won’t affect the performance of the candle. Once the candle is out and cool, you can use a paper towel to clean up any excess oil. It can also help to keep a sweating candle out of direct sunlight or away from heat sources to avoid this.

Please read Candle Care if you haven’t already





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